Why apprenticeships are a great step into construction and beyond

Being an apprentice means gaining recognised qualifications, essential skills and earning a wage at the same time. Here at Jehu Group, we fully support apprenticeships and work closely with the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and the local colleges to ensure we offer as many opportunities as we can across the business.

In the last three years, we have had 15 apprentices/trainees that have ranged from labourers, bricklayers, IT and Commercial Apprentices and to those seeking to get experience to step up the career ladder to site manager.

Take for example, Dominic Taylor, who is doing a degree in Quantity Surveying at University of South Wales and since joining us in 2017, he has completed his HNC and commercial training courses, all of which we have supported. He said of his experience: “The apprenticeship I have with Jehu gives me the tools and knowledge to not only progress as an apprentice, but also as an individual as I find my way in the construction industry. The encouragement they show to apprentices and their progression is something that has played a key role in my development.

“The biggest thing I have learnt about myself so far is that communication is one of the most powerful tools you can have as an individual, and can often provide you with more opportunities to expand your network.”

For us, apprenticeships are a vital component to building a strong construction industry in the future. We are able to train from the ground up, with apprentices being able to see all sides of a construction site, as well as what it takes to keep the back-office function running. Everyone plays their part in Jehu and this is all down to the family feel that we try and instil from the outset.

Our apprentices work with experienced colleagues, so they can learn from them as well as from the training they receive at college.

Gwilym Hughes, head of HR for Jehu Group said: “Apprenticeships are all encompassing and is more than just learning on the job or a more practical route to gain a qualification. We make sure that our apprentices learn to do a complete role, how that can be transferable and also explore new ways of working so that an organisation, we continue to improve.

“It is important for us to be able to offer these opportunities and most of our apprentices go onto permanent employment with the Group or with a partner. We are that catalyst to the beginning of their construction career.”

Simon Jehu, managing director development added: “Apprenticeships are a fantastic way to grow your own as they combine on-the-job training with off-the-job learning, and mean that we are able to grow our skills base for the long term.

“As a Group, we are proud to support apprenticeships and long may that continue, as the industry continues to grow, and we are able to match that with the skilled teams delivering high quality developments.”

We also work with partner organisations such as Y Prentis, the School of Hard Knocks (SoHK) and local schools and colleges to provide work experience and additional apprentices, which form part of our community benefits commitment.